The Gabriola Historical and Museum Society was incorporated as a non-profit British Columbia Society in 1986. A tireless group of volunteers raised funds and began construction of the Gabriola Museum in 1994, culminating in its grand opening Saturday, September 16, 1996.
The mission of the Museum Society is:
- To promote, foster and develop the interests of the residents of Gabriola Island, its visitors and other institutions, in the Island's past, present and future cultural and natural history.
- To tell the story of Gabriola Island through special exhibits, displays, lectures, presentations and tours. This story includes the Island’s geology, geography, flora fauna and marine environment, as well as the Islands history, emphasizing the way in which Coast Salish people, European explorers, post-contact pioneers and recent inhabitants have related it its natural setting and earlier history.
- To acquire by any legal means, donations or purchases of lands, artifacts or other items that will serve the Society’s interests and purposes.
The Museum Society is run by a volunteer Board of Directors who are elected by members of the Society at the Annual General Meeting in February. The current members of Board of Directors were elected February 12, 2012.
The Gabriola Historical and Museum Society is proud to work with local residents, organizations and businesses in preserving the Island’s unique history.
Some of our partners include:
- Gabriola Chamber of Commerce
- Gabriola Lions' Club
- Friends of the Library
- Gabriola Elementary School – tours, workshops, curriculum-based studies
- Landowners – research-based studies
- Other community agencies – GROWLS, GALTT, etc.
- RDN staff
- Islands Trust
- Various Museums and Historical Societies and Associations
- Archaeologists, anthropologists, geologists and historians
- Local real estate agents